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18.04.2019
23:51 Yahoo.com BusinessAs ICO Business Dried up, This Firm’s Headcount Fell From 120 to 50

Significant layoffs at Ambisafe tell the tale of another ICO services startup that got too big in 2018.

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23:16 CoinDesk.comAs ICO Business Dried up, This Firm’s Headcount Fell From 120 to 50

Significant layoffs at Ambisafe tell the tale of another ICO services startup that got too big in 2018.

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12.04.2019
18:09 Yahoo.com BusinessBinance CEO CZ: Whether It’s an ICO or an IEO, Regulatory Compliance Is Still an Issue

Changpeng Zhao, the CEO and founder of top crypto exchange Binance, has underscored that exchange-hosted token offerings are no less subject to regulatory hurdles than their initial coin offering (ICO) predecessors. As previously reported, so-called initial exchange offerings (IEOs) have latterly emerged as an alternative model of token offering wherein a centralized crypto exchange acts as a form of underwriter. “Regulatory compliance does not change regardless of if you do an ICO or IEO.

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11.04.2019
01:45 Yahoo.com BusinessBermuda Ministry of Finance Approves Velocity Ledger ICO

The Bermuda Ministry of Finance has approved the initial coin offering (ICO) of trading company Velocity Ledger Holdings Limited (VLHL), according to a press release published on April 10. VLHL’s subsidiary VL Financial is now in the application process with the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) to obtain the relevant licenses to operate. If approved by the BMA, the company will operate a digital asset exchange in Bermuda.

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10.04.2019
20:15 Yahoo.com BusinessCrypto Coin Sales Stage Revival After Bursting of ICO Bubble

While Initial Coin Offerings have been pretty much declared dead, startups are now raising money through a similar method dubbed Initial Exchange Offerings. Instead of marketing coins directly to investors, companies are relying on crypto exchanges to serve as underwriters, review the projects and offer tokens to vetted customers. Betting that the vetted IEOs reduce the chances of getting scammed, retail investors have been pouring in after many got burned in the ICO frenzy that saw many tokens lose more than 90 percent of their value.

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08.04.2019
15:28 TheRegister.co.ukOops! Almost a year in and ICO staff haven't been handed a GDPR privacy notice yet

Data watchdog: All our staffers are 'aware' of policies... The UK's data protection regulator has failed to follow its own advice, admitting a privacy notice for its own staffers – one of its key recommendations for GDPR compliance – remains "under construction".…

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10:23 Yahoo.com BusinessMismanagement and Misdirected Funds: The ’21 Million’ Chainstarter ICO Story

A couple years ago, a person named Nick Ayton and his partner, David Lofts, launched an ICO to fund a television show. They then went on to found Chainstarter, which helps ICO-backed projects get off the ground. Chainstarter’s Use of 21 Million ICO Money A deep-dive by Cointelligence paints a much darker picture of the project and its goals. On Yavin, a researcher at Cointelligence, tells the story from beginning to end. Riveting, to say the least, if you have an interest in blockchain projects, the report details how Nick Ayton and David Lofts eventually parted ways on bad terms

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10:11 CryptoCoinsNews.comMismanagement and Misdirected Funds: The ’21 Million’ Chainstarter ICO Story

A couple years ago, a person named Nick Ayton and his partner, David Lofts, launched an ICO to fund a television show. They then went on to found Chainstarter, which helps ICO-backed projects get off the ground. Chainstarter’s Use of 21 Million ICO Money A deep-dive by Cointelligence paints a much darker picture of the project and its goals. On Yavin, a researcher at Cointelligence, tells the story from beginning to end. Riveting, to say the least, if you have an interest in blockchain projects, the report details how Nick Ayton and David Lofts eventually parted ways on bad terms
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05.04.2019
16:25 ComputerWeekly.comLondon council fined by the ICO for disclosing personal information held on Met Police Gangs Matrix

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04.04.2019
17:10 TheFintechTimes.comCryptocurrency Exchange IronX Announces Public Launch Following Successful $26M ICO

The IronX Exchange is a joint venture between IronFX, the multi-asset broker and EmurgoHK, the Cardano (ADA coin) creator. The Exchange has a full range of both crypto and fiat wallet funding options available. Following their successful $26 million ICO (Top 5 in 2019) and the beta testing process afterwards,...
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01:39 Yahoo.com BusinessCrypto Lawyer: SEC’s ICO Guidance Just a Legal ‘Nothingburger’

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission publishes anything related to the cryptocurrency space, the industry immediately pays attention. However, a highly-touted guidance document from the regulator in regards to blockchain and ICOs is shaping up to be seen as a case of nothing to see here. SEC Publishes Guidance for Crypto Sales On Wednesday, the SEC released a statement outlining its new “Framework for ‘Investment Contract’ Analysis of Digital Assets,” a product of its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). FinHub is designed to help players in the fintech space. The latest comments were crafted by Bill

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01:16 CryptoCoinsNews.comCrypto Lawyer: SEC’s ICO Guidance Just a Legal ‘Nothingburger’

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission publishes anything related to the cryptocurrency space, the industry immediately pays attention. However, a highly-touted guidance document from the regulator in regards to blockchain and ICOs is shaping up to be seen as a case of nothing to see here. SEC Publishes Guidance for Crypto Sales On Wednesday, the SEC released a statement outlining its new “Framework for ‘Investment Contract’ Analysis of Digital Assets,” a product of its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). FinHub is designed to help players in the fintech space. The latest comments were crafted by Bill
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03.04.2019
21:54 Yahoo.com BusinessJet-Leasing Firm Gets First SEC Blessing for Unregulated ICO

TurnKey Jet Inc. won’t face punishment for issuing coins that aren’t registered with the regulator as long as the company adheres to a number of stipulations, the SEC said Wednesday. Among the conditions: Those who buy the tokens won’t be granted an ownership stake in TurnKey and the company faces tough restrictions on using proceeds from coin sales to invest in its business. The SEC’s decision resolves some uncertainty about federal oversight that has long confounded the fledgling market for initial coin offerings and been a major constraint on the industry’s growth.

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21:32 Yahoo.com BusinessCrypto Win? SEC Admits Not All ICO Tokens are Securities

Under strict conditions, a US business travel company will be allowed to sell tokens. The SEC published a letter to TurnKey Jet today, which was in response to a previous letter from TurnKey’s lawyer. This is an about-face for the SEC, whose director Jay Clayton has in the past said that every token he has ever seen is a security, but recently softened his stance on Ether. The letter outlines the conditions under which the SEC has decided to recommend “no enforcement,” agreeing that the company’s tokens are not securities. How To Ensure Your Token Isn’t a Security: Be Nontransferable

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21:19 CryptoCoinsNews.comCrypto Win? SEC Admits Not All ICO Tokens are Securities

Under strict conditions, a US business travel company will be allowed to sell tokens. The SEC published a letter to TurnKey Jet today, which was in response to a previous letter from TurnKey’s lawyer. This is an about-face for the SEC, whose director Jay Clayton has in the past said that every token he has ever seen is a security, but recently softened his stance on Ether. The letter outlines the conditions under which the SEC has decided to recommend “no enforcement,” agreeing that the company’s tokens are not securities. How To Ensure Your Token Isn’t a Security: Be Nontransferable
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18:09 CoinDesk.comSEC Issues First ‘No-Action’ Letter Clearing ICO to Sell Tokens in US

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a "no-action" letter to TurnKey Jet, Inc., agreeing that tokens used by the startup are not securities.

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01.04.2019
17:11 TheNextWeb.comLambo, Land Rovers taken during $22M ICO fraud investigation

In Canada, authorities have seized luxury cars and frozen bank accounts owned by the ringleaders of FUEL, an allegedly fraudulent $22-million initial coin offering (ICO) from 2017. Court documents claim “blockchain services company” Vanbex raised $22 million (CAD$30 million) in cryptocurrency and fiat by with absolutely no intention to develop the FUEL token, reports CoinDesk. Instead, Canada‘s director of civil forfeiture said Vanbex founders Kevin Hobbs and Lisa Cheng used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included the purchase two new Land Rovers, a $3 million (CAD$4 million) Vancouver condominium, as well as the leasing of a Lamborghini Aventador S.… This story continues at The Next Web

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07:46 CoinDesk.comPolice Freeze Bank Accounts, Seize Luxury Cars in Probe of $22 Million ICO Promoter Vanbex

Canadian police have frozen assets of the founders of Vanbex, as part of a fraud probe into the firm's $22 million ICO.

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31.03.2019
15:11 Yahoo.com BusinessMeet the 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Trying to Sell His Failed ICO on Ebay

The demand for small-value tokens issued by relatively unknown projects — some of which eventually might or might not turn out to be viable investments — has been dying out, and the days of “to the moon” meme seem to be well behind. Enter Ivan Komar, the 21-year-old owner of a startup called “Sponsy,” who is trying to sell his project on eBay for $60,000 after failing to gain the interest of the public in his tokens. Komar started his project at the end of 2017, as he told Cointelegraph over Skype.

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30.03.2019
17:26 Yahoo.com BusinessIronX announces public launch following $26m ICO

28th March 2019 – Following its $26 million ICO and the beta testing process afterwards, IronX has announced today the limited public launch of its exchange. Upon the registration and any further required KYC approval, users will automatically earn 10 IRX. “We are delighted with our public launch, which gives investors access to the IronX platform. As promised, our platform users will be offered a 50% discount for trading fees paid with IRX tokens in frames of the IRX loyalty programme. They will also have access to cryptocurrency and fiat pairings. We are planning to add more features to our platform on the later stages, together with an increased number of listed cryptocurrencies,” says IronX CEO Dimitris Hatzis. Some of the The post IronX announces public launch following $26m ICO appeared first on Coin

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29.03.2019
14:45 ComputerWeekly.comICO kicks off sandbox beta to support innovation

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28.03.2019
17:47 CoinDesk.comSwiss Watchdog Rules Crypto Miner’s ICO ‘Seriously Violated’ Laws

Switzerland's finance regulator has found that crypto mining firm Envion's $90 million ICO took deposits from investors unlawfully.

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12:30 CryptoCoinsNews.com37,000 Investors Await Refunds from ‘Illegal’ $90 Million Envion ICO

The Envion scandal was one of the most dramatic sagas to unfold in the cryptocurrency space, and it’s not over yet. Swiss regulators have ruled that the crypto mining firm behind the $90 million ICO in 2018 participated in illegal activity. Specifically, Envion AG unlawfully received public deposits from 37,000 investors according to the FINMA regulatory authority. Based in Zug, the company is now being liquidated, hopefully, to compensate investors. Delusions of Grandeur The project started out with great potential. To most onlookers, it seemed like a genuinely promising opportunity in a space rife with half-baked ideas. A high-functioning cryptocurrency
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27.03.2019
21:15 Yahoo.com BusinessSwiss Regulator FINMA Concludes That Mining Firm Envion’s ICO Was Unlawful

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has finished enforcement proceedings against crypto mining firm Envion AG, the authority announced on March 27. As a result of the investigation launched in July 2018, FINMA concluded that Envion’s initial coin offering (ICO), which closed in early January 2018, was unlawful. Envion, a blockchain firm that claims to provide decentralized, clean energy for mobile mining units, faced a liquidation order from the cantonal court of Zug in November 2018 for conducting an allegedly unauthorized ICO.

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18:43 TheNextWeb.comSwiss watchdog says cryptocurrency mining firm’s $90M ICO was illegal

Financial regulators in Switzerland have disclosed the full extent of the fraud committed by Envion AG, a cryptocurrency “mining operation” that illegitimately collected over $90 million with an initial coin offering (ICO) last year. With this investigation, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) seeks to make it clear that ICOs can indeed fall within the scope of Switzerland‘s banking laws, reports Swissinfo. Regulators found Envion AG had unlawfully received deposits from at least 37,000 investors that took part in its ICO, which concluded in January 2018. Envion AG, ordered into liquidation in late 2018 and now entirely defunct, was a (supposed) German-Swiss… This story continues at The Next Web

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00:17 Yahoo.com Business21-Year-Old Eastern European ICO Founder Asks $60,000 on eBay for Failed Crypto Project

Sponsy is a failed ICO that attempted to launch in the summer of 2018, according to the Financial Times. The proprietor of the crypto project currently has it listed on eBay for a price of $60,000 and says the firm’s biggest mistake was building a product first. Sponsy was intended to be a decentralized sponsorship platform, but the proprietor also openly says that the decentralized aspect isn’t critical. 21-Year-Old Founder Believes They Should Have Funded Before Building A Product The founder’s interview with Financial Times seems so over-the-top it could be trolling. Or, the burned-out Belarusian ICO creator, Ivan Komar,

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00:05 CryptoCoinsNews.com21-Year-Old Eastern European ICO Founder Asks $60,000 on eBay for Failed Crypto Project

Sponsy is a failed ICO that attempted to launch in the summer of 2018, according to the Financial Times. The proprietor of the crypto project currently has it listed on eBay for a price of $60,000 and says the firm’s biggest mistake was building a product first. Sponsy was intended to be a decentralized sponsorship platform, but the proprietor also openly says that the decentralized aspect isn’t critical. 21-Year-Old Founder Believes They Should Have Funded Before Building A Product The founder’s interview with Financial Times seems so over-the-top it could be trolling. Or, the burned-out Belarusian ICO creator, Ivan Komar,
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26.03.2019
20:15 Yahoo.com BusinessA failed ICO on eBay and a blockchain ex-con show just how far we still have to go

Two sad pieces of news have caught my attention recently, both regarding the shady world of ICOs. The first story was of an ICO failing to sell any tokens at all and resorting to selling the project on eBay. It claims that the project’s social media channels and thousands of lines of code are its selling point. The second story was that the former CEO of Enron is investigating a blockchain project one month after being released from prison. This is the same CEO who presided over one of the biggest fraud scandals in recent memory. Whilst it is easy to get excited about the progress cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are making and the vibrant industry we have now, there is still The post A failed ICO on eBay and a blockchain ex-con show just how far we still have to go appeared first on Coin Rivet.

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17:16 Yahoo.com BusinessFailed ICO project Sponsy listed for sale on eBay for $60,000

Failed ICO (initial coin offering) project Sponsy – which was originally pitched as a decentralised sponsorship platform – has now found itself listed for sale on eBay. Sponsy is currently listed for sale at a price of $60,000. According to the advertisement, the project’s mobile app, web app, and its minimum viable product (MVP) are all developed. It also claims to have been audited by an investment firm, with “thousands of lines of code included”. The sale will include the project’s opportunity assessment, business valuation, traction of the project, pitch deck, financial model, white paper, and market research. The advertisement is also offering all the relevant legal documents which “comply with EU/US regulations”. Sponsy also claims to have an active The post Failed ICO project Sponsy listed for sale on eBay for

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14:43 Yahoo.com BusinessCommunity-Led Pan-African Blockchain Standards Org Publishes Draft ICO Guidelines

The African Digital Asset Framework (ADAF) — a project that aims to establish compliance-focused, cross-border blockchain standards for the African continent — published the first version of its guidance for initial coin offerings (ICO) on March 25. ADAF is supported by the African Digital Asset Foundation (which shares the same acronym) — a non-profit organization and open-source project founded in November 2018, which aims to encourage self-regulation and foster the establishment of legal and technical standards that would support digital trade between the African continent and the diaspora. According to an official blog post accompanying the new standard, entitled “Consumer Protection Guidelines on Token Generation Events, version 0.1,” the document was prepared by an open source community of 17 companies, which

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14:30 TechInvestorNews.comWhat should you do when your ICO is dead in the water? Flog it on eBay (ZDNet Latest News)

ZDNet Latest NewsWhat should you do when your ICO is dead in the water? Flog it on eBay - A blockchain project could be yours for only $60,000. ...

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14:30 Zdnet.comWhat should you do when your ICO is dead in the water? Flog it on eBay

A blockchain project could be yours for only $60,000.

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22.03.2019
15:20 CoinDesk.comCrypto Lawyer Drew Hinkes Joins Firm to Help ICO Issuers Fight Back

Blockchain lawyer Andrew Hinkes has joined has joined legal services firm Carlton Fields, where he will focus on litigating cases for token sellers.

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02:42 Yahoo.com BusinessPrediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO


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01:24 CoinDesk.comAriseBank CEO Pleads Guilty to $4.2 Million Securities Fraud Involving ICO

Jared Rice, former AriseBank CEO, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and could face as much as 20 years in prison.

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21.03.2019
22:49 Yahoo.com BusinessUS Prediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO


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19.03.2019
22:21 Yahoo.com BusinessBinance Launchpad Hosts Its Third ICO With Celer Network Raising $4 Million


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21:01 Yahoo.com BusinessCeler ICO Raises $4 Million on Binance Launchpad Despite ‘Issues’ in 17-Minute Sellout

Changpeng (CZ) Zhao has revealed Binance Launchpad experienced its highest demand ever with the Celer Network token sale. Indeed, Celer Network’s token sale sold out of 597,014,925 CELR tokens in a mere 17 minutes and 35 seconds on the Binance Launchpad, but not without any issues. As a result, Celer Network raised about $4 million in the deal. Celer Network previously attracted $30 million to its coffers in private fundraising, a Binance spokesperson confirmed to CCN. CZ said there were caching problems that led investors to believe they had to log in again when all they really needed to do

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20:50 CryptoCoinsNews.comCeler ICO Raises $4 Million on Binance Launchpad Despite ‘Issues’ in 17-Minute Sellout

Changpeng (CZ) Zhao has revealed Binance Launchpad experienced its highest demand ever with the Celer Network token sale. Indeed, Celer Network’s token sale sold out of 597,014,925 CELR tokens in a mere 17 minutes and 35 seconds on the Binance Launchpad, but not without any issues. As a result, Celer Network raised about $4 million in the deal. Celer Network previously attracted $30 million to its coffers in private fundraising, a Binance spokesperson confirmed to CCN. CZ said there were caching problems that led investors to believe they had to log in again when all they really needed to do
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13.03.2019
19:47 TheRegister.co.ukTech sector risks GM-crops-like crackdown if it doesn't win back the public – UK ICO bod

'We’re living in an age of anger where people feel disempowered, unhappy...' Innovators are losing the battle for people's trust and facing a kickback where technologies are banned before they have been fully discussed, according to the tech lead at the UK's data watchdog.…

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19:01 Yahoo.com BusinessThailand’s Securities Watchdog Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has given the green light to the country's first portal for scrutinized token sales.

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18:13 CoinDesk.comThailand’s Securities Watchdog Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has given the green light to the country's first portal for scrutinized token sales.

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18:03 ComputerWeekly.comICO pledges to support innovation

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14:06 TheNextWeb.comHere’s what Thailand should call its first ICO/STO portal

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the country’s first initial coin offering (ICO) portal to police the issuance of digital, blockchain-based tokens. The portal is almost ready to launch and is awaiting final approval from other government agencies like the Commerce Ministry, the Bangkok Post reports. But with the SEC‘s approval it marks a notable step forward to becoming operational. According to the report, around seven companies were in the running to provide the platform, but it’s just one foreign firm that will be responsible for its delivery. The provider’s name has not been divulged. While there… This story continues at The Next Web

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14:05 Yahoo.com BusinessThailand SEC Approves First-Ever Foreign ICO Screening Portal

Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a portal that would screen Initial Coin Offering projects (ICOs). The securities regulator told the Bangkok Post they interviewed “roughly” 7-8 portals for the job of selecting ICOs, conducting due diligence, reviewing smart contract codes, and verifying the know-your-customer process. Eventually, the SEC’s board of directors approved one ICO portal out of all. The commission refused to share any further details about the selected company, except that it was a non-Thailand venture. Archari Suppiroj, the SEC’s director of Fintech, confirmed that the commission had forwarded its selection to the relevant government agencies, including

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13:40 CryptoCoinsNews.comThailand SEC Approves First-Ever Foreign ICO Screening Portal

Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a portal that would screen Initial Coin Offering projects (ICOs). The securities regulator told the Bangkok Post they interviewed “roughly” 7-8 portals for the job of selecting ICOs, conducting due diligence, reviewing smart contract codes, and verifying the know-your-customer process. Eventually, the SEC’s board of directors approved one ICO portal out of all. The commission refused to share any further details about the selected company, except that it was a non-Thailand venture. Archari Suppiroj, the SEC’s director of Fintech, confirmed that the commission had forwarded its selection to the relevant government agencies, including
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04:06 Yahoo.com BusinessReport: Thai SEC Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

Thailand’s securities regulator has approved the first initial coin offering (ICO) portal in the country,  local daily news outlet the Bangkok Post reported on March 12. The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) board of directors has reportedly authorized the first ICO portal that allows to screen ICOs, perform due diligence, confirm smart contract source codes and conduct Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures. Archari Suppiroj, director of the fintech department at the SEC, reportedly told the Bangkok Post, “Thailand's first authorized ICO portal is being finalized for official approval with the relevant government agencies such as the Commerce Ministry.

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12.03.2019
18:35 TheRegister.co.ukRaiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

Data protection police come a-knocking. 'Put your computers and docs in the facking bag!' The UK's data protection watchdog today raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.…

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11.03.2019
20:17 CryptoCoinsNews.comKakao’s Crypto Arm Rakes in $90 Million Through Members-Only ICO

In yet another sign that the Crypto Winter is beginning to thaw, fundraising in the industry is once again alive and well. Ground X Corp, which is the crypto arm of South Korea-based mobile giant Kakao, has raised a cool $90 million in a private coin offering and is targeting the same amount in yet another fundraising round expected to kick off this week, Bloomberg reports. Ground X’s decision not to pursue a public crowdsale could be indicative of the regulatory ambiguity surrounding ICOs. Kakao-Backed Ground X Raises Major Capital Through Crypto Token Sale Ground X is behind a public
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19:41 CoinDesk.comOwner of Burj Khalifa, World’s Largest Building, Plans ICO

Emaar Group, which owns the Burj Khalifa, is developing a "community token" for a loyalty program, with an ICO planned next year.

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12:06 TheRegister.co.ukICO, forgive me – it has been three weeks since I discovered my breach

Businesses slow to detect, report data leaks pre-GDPR Businesses waited an average of three weeks after discovering a data breach to report it to the watchdog before GDPR came into force, with many waiting until the end of week to 'fess up.…

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11:10 Yahoo.com BusinessSouth Korean Kakao Corp’s Ground X Plans to Extend ICO After Raising $90 Million

The crypto unit of South Korea’s largest internet conglomerate Kakao Corp will repeat its initial coin offering (ICO) after netting $90 million from investors, Bloomberg reported on Mar. 11. In December 2018, Kakao had first announced that it was planning to raise around $300 million through Ground X to develop its own token. According to Jason Han, CEO of Ground X, IDG Capital, Cresendo Equity Partners and Translink Capital were some of the venture capital and private equity funds to participate in the ICO round.

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10.03.2019
03:12 ComputerWeekly.comICO data raises doubts over UK firms’ ability to manage breaches

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07.03.2019
20:36 TechInvestorNews.comUKs ICO event on targeted ads opens floor to the adtech industry: Anybody? No? Speak for 10 minutes (webmaster@theregister.co.uk (Rebecca Hill)/The Register)

webmaster@theregister.co.uk (Rebecca Hill) / The RegisterUKs ICO event on targeted ads opens floor to the adtech industry: Anybody? No? Speak for 10 minutes - How to wind up your opponents 101: Refuse to engage The adtech industry was unable to muster even a single speaker to fill a 10-minute slot to discuss the security implications of programmatic advertising at a much-anticipated event yesterday. ...

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19:08 TheRegister.co.ukUK's ICO event on targeted ads opens floor to the adtech industry: Anybody? No? Speak for 10 minutes. Hello?

How to wind up your opponents 101: Refuse to engage The adtech industry was unable to muster even a single speaker to fill a 10-minute slot to discuss the security implications of programmatic advertising at a much-anticipated event yesterday.…

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18:47 ComputerWeekly.comICO head still in top three of DataIQ data leader list

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15:30 Yahoo.com BusinessMalaysia: Domestic Finance Watchdog Seeks Public Feedback on ICO Regulatory Framework

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has issued two consultation papers seeking public feedback on the regulatory frameworks for initial coin offerings (ICOs) and property crowdfunding. The request was noted in a press release published on the SC’s website Wednesday, March 6. The Malaysian SC, a statutory body responsible for the regulating and systematic developing of the capital markets in Malaysia, has invited the public to leave comments on the consultation papers by March 29, 2019.

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06.03.2019
14:11 FinExtra.comMalaysian regulator seeks public feedback on ICO and crowdfunding rules

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today published two consultation papers to seek public feedb...

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01.03.2019
13:18 CoinDesk.comThai SEC Bans Three Cryptocurrencies from ICO Investment, Trading Pairs

Thailand’s financial markets regulator has banned several cryptos as a means to invest in ICOs and as a base in trading pairs.

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27.02.2019
19:13 TheNextWeb.comScam ICO advertised on CoinMarketCap busted by police in India

Cryptocurrency scams that have been running for years in India are finally getting busted by the local police. Criminal investigation authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat have booked five people for running a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) called Bitstrades.  The company’s founder Hardik Zadafiya has been arrested for cheating and criminal breach of trust under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but the other four accused are on the run, local publication Times of India (TOI) reported today. The police acted on the basis of a first information report (FIR) filed by a local resident. The victim claimed to have been duped of… This story continues at The Next Web

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16:40 TheRegister.co.ukICO fines former senior councillor for doing dodgy data dealing to help his girlfriend

Kevin Bunsell passed info on rival candidates in job hunt A one-time senior officer for Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council has been fined by the UK's data watchdog for passing data to his partner on rival candidates that applied for an admin job with the council.…

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24.02.2019
12:17 Yahoo.com BusinessMicrosoft Wants to Help Make Your ICO a Success

ICOs are not dead. Not when one of the world’s biggest tech corporations is venturing into it. Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service created by Microsoft, recently listed Stratis in its products’ section. The platform, created by London-based Stratis Group, offers a web-based application that enables initial coin offering projects to manage token distribution. It facilitates a secure and flexible payment route that participants use to purchase ICO tokens ahead of the initial allocation. They pay with either Bitcoin or Strat, Stratis’ native token. Find out how @StratisPlatform on #Azure can help you manage a successful initial coin offering: https://t.co/86efOPCmQ7

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11:55 CryptoCoinsNews.comMicrosoft Wants to Help Make Your ICO a Success

ICOs are not dead. Not when one of the world’s biggest tech corporations is venturing into it. Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service created by Microsoft, recently listed Stratis in its products’ section. The platform, created by London-based Stratis Group, offers a web-based application that enables initial coin offering projects to manage token distribution. It facilitates a secure and flexible payment route that participants use to purchase ICO tokens ahead of the initial allocation. They pay with either Bitcoin or Strat, Stratis’ native token. Find out how @StratisPlatform on #Azure can help you manage a successful initial coin offering: https://t.co/86efOPCmQ7
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20.02.2019
23:06 FinExtra.comGladius Network settles with SEC over unregistered ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Gladius Network LLC with conducting an unregist...

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22:55 Yahoo.com BusinessSpanish Mining Startup to Return $68 Million Raised During ICO

A screenshot of an official letter sent to investors was posted on Twitter Wednesday, Feb. 20 by Spanish IT lawyer Sergio Carrasco. CryptoSolarTech apparently aimed to build a crypto mining facility powered by solar energy in Southern Spain, but failed to get a building permit. In June 2018, CryptoSolarTech released its own token via an ICO to financе its operations.

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21:26 Yahoo.com BusinessSEC Charges ICO With Selling Unregistered Securities After Startup Self-Reports

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged crypto firm Gladius Network with selling unregistered securities after the company self-reported to the commission, an SEC press release reveals on Feb. 20. Gladius reportedly raised approximately $12.7 million in cryptocurrency during its initial coin offering (ICO) in late 2017, after the SEC had warned that tokens offered in such sales can be classified as securities under U.S. law.

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19:56 CoinDesk.comSEC Settles Unregistered Securities Charges Against ICO Issuer Gladius

Gladius Network will refund investors and register its tokens as securities after settling "unregistered ICO" charges with the SEC.

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17.02.2019
18:21 Yahoo.com BusinessThe $232 Million ICO Debacle Continues as Tezos Community Opposes Class Action Lawsuit

Tim Draper-endorsed blockchain Tezos is the subject of a consolidated class action lawsuit brought by unsavory individuals. A group of Tezos community members believes the lawsuit is depressing the Tezos price and that the named lead plaintiff, Arman Anvari, does not adequately represent the Tezos community. Anvari has publicly agreed with this sentiment. Arman Anvari Backs Out As Lead Plaintiff The list of problems with Anvari as the chief plaintiff in any class action suit against Tezos is long. For one thing, he made multiple death threats against Tezos co-founder Kathleen Breitman. For another, he actively acknowledged in posts revealed

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17:58 CryptoCoinsNews.comThe $232 Million ICO Debacle Continues as Tezos Community Opposes Class Action Lawsuit

Tim Draper-endorsed blockchain Tezos is the subject of a consolidated class action lawsuit brought by unsavory individuals. A group of Tezos community members believes the lawsuit is depressing the Tezos price and that the named lead plaintiff, Arman Anvari, does not adequately represent the Tezos community. Anvari has publicly agreed with this sentiment. Arman Anvari Backs Out As Lead Plaintiff The list of problems with Anvari as the chief plaintiff in any class action suit against Tezos is long. For one thing, he made multiple death threats against Tezos co-founder Kathleen Breitman. For another, he actively acknowledged in posts revealed
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00:46 Yahoo.com BusinessWhy the SEC’s ‘ICO Guide’ Paints a Dark Picture for Cryptocurrency in 2019

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission tweeted out its guidelines for those launching and investing in ICOs, although many would say that over a year on from the peak of the cryptocurrency boom, the guidelines amount to too little, too late. That said, the document still throws up several points of contention, including a rather gloomy outlook for cryptocurrency exchanges – even decentralized ones – and at least one possible violation of the First Amendment on the part of the SEC. Cryptocurrency Promotion: A Knife’s Edge The SEC defines a security as: “A token or offering that promotes the

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00:23 CryptoCoinsNews.comWhy the SEC’s ‘ICO Guide’ Paints a Dark Picture for Cryptocurrency in 2019

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission tweeted out its guidelines for those launching and investing in ICOs, although many would say that over a year on from the peak of the cryptocurrency boom, the guidelines amount to too little, too late. That said, the document still throws up several points of contention, including a rather gloomy outlook for cryptocurrency exchanges – even decentralized ones – and at least one possible violation of the First Amendment on the part of the SEC. Cryptocurrency Promotion: A Knife’s Edge The SEC defines a security as: “A token or offering that promotes the
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14.02.2019
23:37 TheRegister.co.ukFacebook political data probe: £2.5m. Powers for the ICO: Priceless

UK watchdog denies project distracted from day-to-day enforcement The millions spent on investigating the Facebook data harvesting scandal was worth it because it allowed the Information Commissioner's Office to secure greater powers, Elizabeth Denham has said.…

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13.02.2019
22:24 Yahoo.com BusinessCurrent ICO Market Is Bigger Тhan at the Start of 2017, Data Shows


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10.02.2019
20:57 Yahoo.com BusinessHow We Will Remember the Year of the Dog? ICO Market Decline, Trend Toward Compliance and Other Takeaways

While there was a promising start in January 2018, when most altcoins were enjoying their all-time highs, the bear eventually took over, and the market delved into the so-called “Crypto Winter.” Nevertheless, there was good news, too: The United States regulators expressed their desire to stick to “positive regulation,” while big league investors poured some funds into a number of promising, compliant crypto projects (mostly stablecoins). Coincheck also closely followed the orders of Financial Services Agency (FSA), the domestic watchdog, and eventually secured a license to operate, becoming a fully compliant agent. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), America’s two main regulators when it comes to crypto, made positive remarks about the industry

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08.02.2019
16:23 TheFintechTimes.comICO Jurisdiction: A New Lease for DLT in Gibraltar

Interview by Zoya Malik (TFT Managing Editor) Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Eulat Consulting works closely with fintechs globally to expand their businesses. He spoke to Zoya Malik, managing editor TFT about the strengthening of Gibraltar’s regulatory framework that is ushering market confidence in the wake of Gibraltar Stock Exchange becoming...
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05.02.2019
17:40 TechInvestorNews.comGoogle faces ICO investigation over GDPR violation claims (Graeme.Burton@incisivemedia.com(Graeme Burton)/Computing.co.uk Latest updates)

Graeme.Burton@incisivemedia.com(Graeme Burton) / Computing.co.uk Latest updatesGoogle faces ICO investigation over GDPR violation claims - Google could be fined four per cent of its $136.8 billion global annual turnover ...

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04.02.2019
22:30 CoinDesk.comBitTorrent Token Is Already Nearly 6 Times Its ICO Price

The price of BitTorrent Token (BTT) is up nearly 600 percent from its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) which took place just one week ago.

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16:16 Yahoo.com BusinessFrom Ponzi Schemes to ICO Exits, Ethereum’s Blockchain Has Been the Platform of Choice for Scammers

According to a recent report from crypto analytics specialists Chainalysis, Ethereum (ETH) has become the crypto platform of choice for scam artists. Chainalysis identified over 2,000 scam Ethereum addresses, which have managed to secure funds from nearly 40,000 unique users in the network. In the space of two years, the modus operandi of scammers seems to have changed, according to data collected by Chainalysis.

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01.02.2019
21:54 Yahoo.com BusinessSmart Contract Audits Firm Hosho Reduces Staff Due to Auto Tooling Boost and ICO Downturn

Smart contracts auditing firm Hosho has laid off a significant number of staff, citing an increased amount of automated tooling, the firm’s co-founder and president Hartej Sawhney told Cointelegraph on Feb. 1. While stating that the company did lay off a sufficient part of the team — the exact amount unspecified — Sawhney still noted that Hosho continues to be one of the leading firms in the industry of smart contract auditing and security, specifically in penetration testing. The Hosho president explained that the staff reduction was caused by a complex set of circumstances, including the downturn in the amount of initial coin offerings (ICO), which is in part due to the major 2018 crypto bear market.

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16:49 ComputerWeekly.comICO to audit Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance

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16:36 TheRegister.co.ukUK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign

Commish also promises audit for the firms' data protection practices The Leave.EU campaign and Brexiteer Arron banks' insurance biz Eldon have been fined a total of £120,000 for dodging direct marketing rules.…

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14:13 TheRegister.co.ukGot a fancy but slurpy new product? The ICO would like you to stuff it in its sandbox

UK data watchdog's plan to stay on top of Internet of S*'%t The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is on the hunt for organisations that are using personal data in "innovative" products, to help the data protection watchdog understand how to regulate it.…

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10:03 Yahoo.com BusinessBan Hammer Remains: South Korea’s Financial Services Commission Refuses to Lift ICO Ban

The ban on initial coin offerings in South Korea will stay, the country’s financial regulator has said in a statement. The decision by the South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) follows a survey which the regulator commissioned. Among the findings of the survey include the fact that some ICO projects misrepresented themselves. For instance, some had claimed to be fundraising abroad but they went on to involve South Koreans. Dirty Tricks Employed to Evade ICO Ban According to the FSC, the projects did this by registering in Singapore in order to circumvent South Korea’s ICO ban. Some of the evidence

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09:52 CryptoCoinsNews.comBan Hammer Remains: South Korea’s Financial Services Commission Refuses to Lift ICO Ban

The ban on initial coin offerings in South Korea will stay, the country’s financial regulator has said in a statement. The decision by the South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) follows a survey which the regulator commissioned. Among the findings of the survey include the fact that some ICO projects misrepresented themselves. For instance, some had claimed to be fundraising abroad but they went on to involve South Koreans. Dirty Tricks Employed to Evade ICO Ban According to the FSC, the projects did this by registering in Singapore in order to circumvent South Korea’s ICO ban. Some of the evidence
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31.01.2019
13:32 CoinDesk.comSouth Korea Will Maintain ICO Ban After Finding Token Projects Broke Rules

South Korea has decided not to lift its ban on domestic initial coin offerings after a watchdog's survey found projects have been violating rules.

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30.01.2019
17:30 Yahoo.com BusinessCrypto Funds Morph Into Venture Capitalists Shunned in ICO Boom

Polychain Capital, which reached more than $1 billion in assets right before the 2018 market crash, just raised $175 million for a fund with a seven-year lockup period, Chief Executive Officer Olaf Carlson-Wee said. The line is being blurred in the wake of the collapse of the initial coin offering market, where startups were bypassing traditional venture funding by selling tokens directly to investors. About 125 venture funds that usually provide capital in exchange for an ownership stake were launched last year, compared with 115 hedge funds that primarily act as investors, the first time the number has exceeded the total investment partnerships in the embryonic sector, according to Crypto Fund Research.

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28.01.2019
21:27 Yahoo.com Business100% Completed: The BitTorrent ICO is a 15-Minute Sellout

BitTorrent, acquired by Tron last year, completed an ICO today beginning at 3:00 PM UTC using Binance Launchpad. Two simultaneous sales were run for Binance Coin and Tron. Neither market lasted longer than 15 minutes, according to Binance. More BTT was available for Tron than BNB. In the BNB session, all 23.76 billion BTT were sold to token sale participants within 13 minutes and 25 seconds. Meanwhile, in the TRON session, all 35.64 billion BTT were sold within 14 minutes and 41 seconds. BTT is a TRC-10 token that incentivizes improved file sharing on the network. The new system will

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21:15 CryptoCoinsNews.com100% Completed: The BitTorrent ICO is a 15-Minute Sellout

BitTorrent, acquired by Tron last year, completed an ICO today beginning at 3:00 PM UTC using Binance Launchpad. Two simultaneous sales were run for Binance Coin and Tron. Neither market lasted longer than 15 minutes, according to Binance. More BTT was available for Tron than BNB. In the BNB session, all 23.76 billion BTT were sold to token sale participants within 13 minutes and 25 seconds. Meanwhile, in the TRON session, all 35.64 billion BTT were sold within 14 minutes and 41 seconds. BTT is a TRC-10 token that incentivizes improved file sharing on the network. The new system will
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15:36 CoinDesk.comChat App Kik Says It Will Fight SEC Over Possible ICO Action

Messaging app company Kik says it will stand up to the SEC over an expected enforcement action relating to its 2017 initial coin offering

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15:15 Yahoo.com BusinessSocial Media Platform Kik Promises to Challenge Proposed SEC Enforcement Against Its ICO

Tokenized social media startup Kik has warned United States regulators that they would fight back against a proposed enforcement action against the company, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Jan. 27. Canada-based Kik is facing a prospective enforcement action over an alleged securities infraction, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) judged its 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) to have involved the sale of unregistered securities. In a blog post published yesterday, Kik CEO and founder Ted Livingston stated that the startup was poised to fight against the action, arguing that the crypto space as a whole must challenge the application of securities laws to emerging assets such as decentralized platform tokens.

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12:41 TheNextWeb.comMoonday Mornings: Kik preps to fight the SEC over ICO

It’s Monday Morning, you should know how this works by now. Dive in for a wrap up of the weekend’s blockchain and cryptocurrency news. 1. Peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading website, Localbitcoins.com, was accessed by an “unauthorized source” last Saturday which allowed the illegitimate third-party to send Bitcoin from a number of affected accounts, the marketplace announced on Reddit. The attacker managed to gain access to six accounts by exploiting a third-party forum feature that prompted users to sign in using their 2FA codes. Only these codes were sent to the hacker, allowing them to login to and empty the victim’s account,… This story continues at The Next Web

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25.01.2019
22:34 Yahoo.com BusinessNew Startup From Ethereum Co-Founder Gavin Wood Plans $60 Million ICO: WSJ

Crypto startup Polkadot (DOT), created by Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Gavin Wood, is planning an initial coin offering (ICO) aiming to raise up to $60 million, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Jan. 24. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the WSJ reports that, if successful, Polkadot’s token sale would bring the fully-diluted market value — or the value all tokens in circulation, plus as those not issued — of its tokens to $1.2 billion. Developed by Swiss Web3 Foundation and Parity Technologies, Polkadot reportedly aims to solve issues with blockchain interoperability.

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18:03 ComputerWeekly.comICO adds to guidance on ‘no-deal’ Brexit

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15:58 CoinDesk.comBlockchain Project Polkadot Plans ICO to Raise Another $60 Million: Report

Blockchain project Polkadot is planning another ICO that would bring in $60 million, says the WSJ.

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13:24 ComputerWeekly.comFormer EU data protection tsar joins ICO

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23.01.2019
20:43 CoinDesk.com‘Decentralized Airbnb’ Starts Charging Fees as ICO Model Falters

Airbnb competitor Bee Token, founded by alums of Uber, are pivoting in an effort to boost revenue after conducting an ICO last February.

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20.01.2019
05:00 ValueWalk.comNew ICO Report – OECD Comments

The OECD released a report on Initial Coin Offerings, just ahead of the World Economic Forum. Two of the advisors who participated in building the report provided their comments on what this represents for businesses around the world. [REITs] Q3 […]
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18.01.2019
23:35 CoinDesk.comHow BlockEx Went From a $24 Million ICO to Layoffs in Less Than a Year

BlockEx, a London-based platform for launching and exchanging tokens, was beset by a series of setbacks that led to downsizing.

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13:53 ComputerWeekly.comPrepare for no-deal Brexit, says ICO

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14.01.2019
14:13 TheNextWeb.comMalaysia set to impose harsh new ICO and cryptocurrency laws

The Malaysian government is regulating initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency trading. According to a statement issued by Lim Guan Eng, the country’s Minister of Finance, launching unauthorized ICOs or participating in the exchange of digital goods could result in a 10-year jail term and a $2,4 million (RM 10 million fine). The order, which will acknowledge digital currencies and tokens as securities, will be enforced on January 15 by the Securities Commission Malaysia. In his statement, the Finance Minister said: “The Ministry of Finance (MOF) views digital assets, as well as its underlying blockchain technologies, as having the potential… This story continues at The Next Web

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